Dave Jordan, NEWS 9
David Ray Price was jailed Friday after authorities discovered a patch of marijuana plants allegedly planted by Price in rural Lincoln County.
The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics reportedly made the discovery during a routine sweep of the area. The finding ranked as one of the largest finds in the bureau's history.
Price's single-wide trailer served as a disguise for the thriving marijuana cultivation operation, according to authorities.
Investigators were able to see the marijuana plants from the air.
"This probably wasn't his first patch and had we not arrested him, this probably wouldn't have been his last patch," said OBN spokesman Mark Woodward.
A sophisticated irrigation system was established around the patch, Woodward said.
"You got a lot of ponds, a lot of creeks nearby and so that's primarily what a lot of growers want, not having to work so hard to get water into those areas," Woodward said.
The plants were about 16-20 feet tall, but the stems and stalk were worthless. The value of marijuana lies in the plant's buds.
"These did have the potential because of the buds and the type of irrigation system to yield a lot of money, probably around $75,000," Woodward said.
Investigators seized the marijuana, along with 20 rifles and 10 handguns. The bust is a sign that Oklahoma is winning its war on drugs, authorities said.
"When they see these helicopters, they know we're back, so we're not seeing patches where they're growing 2,000, 3,000 like we did 20 years ago," Woodward said.
OBN said it will continue the crackdown throughout the fall until the first freeze, which usually destroys existing marijuana plants.